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Bent pledges Spurs future
10 Mar 2008 - 12:44:05
Tottenham striker Darren Bent has pledged to fight for a first-team place at White Hart Lane.
The England international scored his 100th career goal after coming off the bench during Sunday's 4-0 rout of West Ham United.
However, the 24-year-old has struggled to make an impact since joining Spurs from Charlton Athletic in a £16.5million deal during the summer.
Bent has started just nine Premier League games this season, but insists his future lies with the north London club.
Asked whether he planned on staying, he told the London Evening Standard: "Definitely. I haven't even been here for a whole season so I shouldn't be thinking about it.
"If I was two or three years down the line and I was still not playing I'd have to think about it.
"There's been a lot of speculation saying I want to leave, but I know I want to be here.
"Anyone who knows me will know how frustrated I've been. All I want to do is play games.
"But I need to bide my time. The front two are playing fantastically well at the moment. As a partnership, (Dimitar Berbatov) Berba and (Robbie Keane) Keano have already got 40 goals between them.
"It's always going to be difficult to dislodge them, but I know what I need to do and as long as I'm part of a good team like Spurs I'm happy.
"It was nice to get on and score a goal but the most important thing was the result."